Scan Magazine, Issue 136, November 2021

Page 131

Scan Magazine  |  Shopping Centre of the Month  |  Norway

We aim to use the original elements as much as possible.” In 2016, Devoldfabrikken was awarded Olavsrosen (St. Olaf’s rose), a seal of quality awarded by the Norwegian organisation Norsk Kulturarv (Norwegian Cultural Heritage), due to the organisation’s efforts in maintaining and preserving a cultural heritage site for the future. Stay for a while, or for the whole day Devoldfabrikken has plenty to offer, whether you’re there for a few hours or stay for a whole day. Stroll through the shops, grab a pastry and a coffee at one of the cafés, join in on one of the events taking place at the grounds, or visit the resident artists in their workshops. For those who crave a bit more action, Devoldfabrikken’s newest attraction is the activity park Kraftverket. The park, consisting of 800 square metres of obstacle courses, slides, a bouldering wall and climbing frames, opened earlier this year and is a playground of fun for both kids and adults. Rental spaces for birthday celebrations are opening soon, with activities and access to the activity park. The Devold Museum gives you a glimpse into the Devold story and displays garments and production equipment from the factory’s beginning back in 1853. A model train museum is also currently being built and is on track to become the largest in the Nordics. Already open to the public, the interactive miniature world of the Devold Model Railway displays landscapes from around the world, across 1,000 square metres.

Devoldfabrikken is located on the west coast of Norway, near the town of Ålesund.

Outside the factory, a gondola lift is planned to open in 2024, transporting visitors up to the nearby mountain of Sulafjellet, with its spectacular hiking opportunities. Ever-growing, Devoldfabrikken is set to be a lively experience and retail centre for generations to come, offering local residents work and opportunities and contributing to the diversity and economy of the region, all while keeping its rich and intriguing past alive. Web: Facebook: Devoldfabrikken Instagram: @Devoldfabrikken

Travel to Devoldfabrikken from Ålesund by boat (seven minutes) or by car (30 minutes).

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 8pm  Saturday: 10am to 6pm Shops: Devold Outlet - Bergans Outlet Helly Hansen Outlet - SWIMS Outlet - Porsgrund Outlet - SWIX Outlet Sport’n Outlet The outlet shops always offer a 30 to 70 per cent discount. Also visit: Binderiet - Pralina chocolate factory - By Sunde - X-FAKTOR - Kantina café - Geiranger Bakery - Spinneriet - Vinmonopolet Arts and craftsmen: Siw’s Pottery - Celsius Glass Studio - OH Design Forge - B&G Frame and furniture - Inger K. Giskeødegård Photographer Frida Berg - Solevåg Carpentry

Browse the iconic woollen Devold garments at the Devold Outlet shop. Photo: Kristin Støylen

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